Amping Up Solar Power in the Snowy North

by Marcia Goodrich, magazine editor

Sure, solar's a snap in the sunny south. But what about in places that measure snowfall in feet?

The answer may surprise you. Even snowy Ontario is becoming a hotbed of photovoltaic energy. Now, Michigan Tech's Keweenaw Research Center is part of a study to quantify how snow affects solar panels’ power generation and determine the best ways to overcome any losses.

For the full story see Michigan Tech News

Michigan Tech Scientists Verify Nanodiamond Discovery

Diamonds, usually forged in overwhelming heat and pressure miles deep in the Earth’s mantle, have now been made at atmospheric pressure and 100 degrees Celcius—the boiling point of water.

No one will be wearing these diamonds on their ring finger, however. They are nanodiamonds, just two or three nanometers across, invisible to all but electron microscopes. But their properties could be as alluring as crown jewels. Unlike the other form of carbon, graphite, diamond is a semiconductor, similar to silicon, which is the dominant material in the electronics industry, and gallium arsenide, which is used in lasers and other optical devices.

The discovery, by project leader Mohan Sankaran, Associate Professor of chemical engineering at Case Western Reserve University, was aided by Physics Professor Yoke Khin Yap and graduate student Boyi Hao of Michigan Tech. Using ultraviolet Ramen spectroscopy in Yap’s lab, they confirmed that Sankaran’s group had indeed made nanodiamonds.

Find out more at the Michigan Tech news site.

Marketing and Communications Looking for Usability Volunteers

University Marketing and Communications is looking for faculty, staff and students to participate in a web page usability study. UMC will be conducting usability testing on the new Michigan Tech home page design, scheduled to launch in late December.

Our goal is to determine what is or is not working successfully, from the perspective of the website user. Elements examined will include navigation, structure and page design. The exercise should take no longer than 30 minutes.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Brandy Tichonoff at btichonoff@mtu.edu

Provide your name and phone number, and indicate whether you are a student, faculty member or staff member. Tichonoff will contact you directly to schedule a test session.

Michigan Tech Participates in Make a Difference Day Saturday

Michigan Tech students, faculty and staff will lend a hand within the local community during the annual Make A Difference Day event on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Volunteer opportunities range from raking and trail clearing to wood splitting and dog walking. Last year, more than 400 Michigan Tech students volunteered for an event, and more are expected to participate this year.

The event focuses on students, but there are a number of Make a Difference Day events being hosted by the community that are open to everyone. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m.

Students can register online at Involvement Link.

Local alumni and friends are invited to register for an Alumni Relations volunteer event.

Ninth Annual Northern Lights Film Festival This Weekend

The Ninth Annual Northern Lights Film Festival will be held Oct. 25 to 27, in the Rozsa Center. This year’s festival brings recent award-winning independent films and filmmakers to the campus and surrounding community. Admission is free.

Featured this year is filmmaker George Desort, who will be presenting his new film about his 8 days on Isle Royale, "Fifty Lakes One Island." Desort's work from the island has appeared in The New York Times, Audubon Magazine, Backpacker, as well as on National Geographic television and PBS.

In addition to Desort, the festival will offer a weekend of a dozen independent films, including Joshua Oppenheimer's acclaimed documentary, "The Act of Killing," Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell" and Andrew Bujalski's "Computer Chess." On Saturday, two documentaries produced locally will also screen: Suzanne Jurva and Erin Smith's "Yoopera!" which tells the story of the Rockland Opera and Mary Wright's Storylines project, and Matt Monte's film "Everything At Once," about artist Greg Green. Also, "Shawn of the Dead" will be shown Sunday night as part of Undead U: A Zombie Symposium."

Visit the website for the full Northern Lights Film Festival schedule.

For more information, contact Erin Smith at smitherin@mtu.edu or 7-3263.

Ninth Annual Northern Lights Film Festival This Weekend

The Ninth Annual Northern Lights Film Festival will be held Oct. 25 to 27, in the Rozsa Center. This year’s festival brings recent award-winning independent films and filmmakers to the campus and surrounding community. Admission is free.

Featured this year is filmmaker George Desort, who will be presenting his new film about his 80 days on Isle Royale, "Fifty Lakes One Island." Desort's work from the island has appeared in The New York Times, Audubon Magazine, Backpacker, as well as on National Geographic television and PBS.

In addition to Desort, the festival will offer a weekend of a dozen independent films, including Joshua Oppenheimer's acclaimed documentary, "The Act of Killing," Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell" and Andrew Bujalski's "Computer Chess." On Saturday, two documentaries produced locally will also screen: Suzanne Jurva and Erin Smith's "Yoopera!" which tells the story of the Rockland Opera and Mary Wright's Storylines project, and Matt Monte's film "Everything At Once," about artist Greg Green. Also, "Shawn of the Dead" will be shown Sunday night as part of Undead U: A Zombie Symposium."

Visit the website for the full Northern Lights Film Festival schedule.

For more information, contact Erin Smith at smitherin@mtu.edu or 7-3263.

Hockey Tailgate Set Up for Saturday

Michigan Tech will host a tailgate party between football and hockey games Oct. 26, on the Student Development Complex plaza. Fans with a hockey ticket or Michigan Tech student ID will be admitted free of charge to the event with free food and drink courtesy of the Library Restaurant and Brew Pub and the Continental Fire Company.

Oct. 26, is chock full of Michigan Tech athletics events. The cross country teams will host the GLIAC Championships at the Tech Trails starting at 11 a.m. The Huskies football team entertains Ferris State at Sherman Field at 1 p.m. with the VIP Tailgate 90 minutes prior to the game.

The hockey tailgate party begins at 5:30 p.m., with Tech and Northern Michigan skating at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena at 7:07 p.m.

A ticket for the hockey game or Michigan Tech student ID is required for admission to the hockey tailgate event. Complimentary food and beverages will be served with a two-drink maximum.

The hockey game will be Tech's regular season home opener and first home conference game vs. NMU in more than 15 years.

MEEM Graduate Seminar Speaker Thursday

Professor Joshua Otaigbe from the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at the University of Southern Mississippi will present "New Inorganic Glass/Organic Polymer Hybrid Materials with Improved Properties--Current Status and Future Prospects" Thursday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m., in MEEM 112.

Biomedical Engineering Seminar Friday

Ryan McKindles, doctoral candidate in biomedical engineering from Marquette University will give a seminar, "Slow Potentials of the Sensorimotor Cortex During Rhythmic Movements of the Ankle," Friday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m., in M&M U113. Ryan McKindles is a 2006 biomedical engineering graduate from Michigan Tech.

Biological Sciences Seminar Friday

Dave Zhao from the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will present "Signaling Regulation of Anther Cell Fate Determination in Arabidopsis" Friday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m., in GLRC 201.

In the News

USA Today covered the Michigan Tech Huskies' incredible 85-yard drive and last second victory over Northwood Saturday. Read about it at USA Today.

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International Student Voice magazine published a feature story about Michigan Tech's Khana Khazana, a weekly international lunch cooked by international students. See online.

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CBS Detroit and its Technology Report featured interviews with nearly a dozen Michigan Tech researchers and administrators, in a report on days three and four of a week-long Tech Tour of state universities.
See Tech Tour day three and day four.

On the Road

Emma S. Norman (SS) travelled to UC Berkeley to participate in the workshop, "Complex Transboundary Problems: EU and US Perspectives" sponsored by the EU Centre of Excellence.

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Executive Director of Innovation and Industry Engagement Jim Baker participated as a panelist on the topic of start-up business models at the October member meeting of the New Enterprise Forum in Ann Arbor. The New Enterprise Forum is a not-for-profit corporation which was founded in 1986 to help entrepreneurs prosper and grow by linking them to management expertise, potential joint venture partners, mentors, business services, capital, and other critical resources.

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